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You can apply for land titles soon

At least 66,000 housing societies will be able to apply for deemed conveyance deeds and land titles within the next 45 days.

mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2010 01:38 IST
Ketaki Ghoge
Ketaki Ghoge
Hindustan Times

At least 66,000 housing societies will be able to apply for deemed conveyance deeds and land titles within the next 45 days.

The Housing department will frame the final notification stating the rules and procedure to amend the Maharashtra Ownership Flat Rules, 2009 to make this possible.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan met senior officials from the Law, Cooperation and Housing departments on Friday to finalise the rules.

At least 90 per cent of the housing societies in Mumbai and its suburbs do not have deemed conveyance deeds, which means builders retain the land title in their names.

This allows developers to control future development and changes on the plot, even though the flat owners are the legal owners of the plot. A builder can, for example, give out a clubhouse meant for the society for commercial use without the society’s nod or build structures on land reserved for a garden.

“The problem is huge mainly because it affects redevelopment. Housing societies have no say in redevelopment unless they have the conveyance of land in their name,’’ said a senior bureaucrat on condition of anonymity.

The state government had amended the Act last year following uproar from residents but it was not implemented because the rules and procedure had not been notified.

The government will start with hiring more staff to act as designated authorities to speed up the process of transfer. Societies will have to apply to authorities from the cooperation department for deemed conveyance deeds. The conveyance will have to be granted within six months.

Housing societies will not be burdened with unnecessary paperwork. The federation of housing societies had complained that the amendment required them to collect more than 20 documents including the registered sale agreement, property card, plot layout, non-agricultural order and urban land ceiling act certificate.

Now, a housing society will only have to produce agreements pertaining to the purchase of the plot, such as the sale agreement, while the appointed authority from the relevant government department will collect the rest of the documents. “We have got suggestions from various quarters and are making the procedure simple,’’ the official added.

First Published: Aug 14, 2010 01:37 IST